Otto Lasch

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General der Infanterie Otto Lasch, defender of Königsberg; 1948, as a matter of routine, his Russian captors convicted him – after a short show trial – to 25 years labor camp and sent him to Vorkuta Gulag (Arbeitslager Workuta). At the end of October 1955 he finally returend home to his family in the Federal Republic of Germany.

Otto Lasch (b. 25 June 1893 in Pleß, Upper Silesia; d. 29 April 1971 in Bonn-Bad Godesberg) was a German officer of the Prussian Army, the Imperial German Army, the Freikorps, the police (Polizei) and the Wehrmacht, at last General der Infanterie, last Fortress-Commandant (Festungskommandant) of Königsberg in East Prussia and recipient of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross with Oak Leaves in WWII.

Military Career

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  • Entered Army Service (27 Mar 1913)
  • Fahnenjunker In the 2nd Jäger-Battalion or Jäger-Bataillon „Fürst Bismarck“ Nr. 2 (27 Mar 1913-02 Aug 1914)
  • Company-Leader in the 2nd Jäger-Battalion (02 Aug 1914-Nov 1914)
  • Wounded, in Lazarett (Nov 1914-1915)
  • Adjutant with the 2nd Jäger-Replacement-Battalion (1915)
  • Transfer to the Fliegertruppe (1915)
    • Observer with the 52nd Flying-Battalion
    • Observer with Flying-Battalion A 280
    • Adjutant of the Commander of Flying of the 19th Artillery
  • Freikorps „Himburg“/Grenzschutz „Ost“ (1919)
  • Transferred to Police Service (01 Jan 1920)
  • With the Police in Lyck (01 Jan 1920-1924)
  • With the Police Administration in Magdeburg (1924-1927)
  • At the Police School in Sensburg (1927-1934)
  • Chief Intelligence Officer (Ic) with the State-Police-Inspection Breslau (1934-15 Oct 1935)
  • Transferred to Army Service (15 Oct 1935)
  • With the Staff of the 45th Infantry-Regiment (15 Oct 1935-01 Oct 1936)
  • Commander of III. Battalion of the 3rd Infantry-Regiment (01 Oct 1936-26 Oct 1939)
  • Commander of the 43rd Infantry-Regiment (26 Oct 1939-12 Sep 1942)
  • Führer-Reserve (12 Sep 1942-27 Sep 1942)
  • Commander of the 217th Infantry-Division (27 Sep 1942-00 Oct 1943)
  • Commander of the 349th Infantry-Division (20 Nov 1933-01 Sep 1944)
  • Commanding General of LXIV. Army-Corps (01 Sep 1944-01 Nov 1944)
  • Commanding General (Kommandierender General) of the replacement troops I. Army-Corps and Commander in Military-District 1 (09 Nov 1949-09 Apr 1945)
  • At the same time, Fortress-Commandant Königsberg (28 Jan 1046-09 Apr 1945)
  • In Soviet captivity (09 Apr 1945-08 Oct 1955)

Promotions

General der Infanterie Otto Lasch returns home and arrives at Lager Friedland (de), October 1955
  • Fahnenjunker (27 March 1913)
  • Fähnrich (22 March 1914)
  • Leutnant (7 August 1914)
  • Oberleutnant (22 March 1918)
  • Polizei-Oberleutnant (1 January 1920)
  • Polizei-Hauptmann (1 April 1921)
  • Polizei-Major (6 November 1933)
  • Major (15 October 1935)
  • Oberstleutnant (1 January 1937)
  • Oberst (1 December 1939)
  • Generalmajor (1 August 1942)
  • Generalleutnant (1 April 1943)
  • General der Infanterie (9 November 1944 with rank seniority from 1 November 1944)

Awards and decorations

Works

Further reading

  • Franz Thomas: Die Eichenlaubträger 1939–1945, Band 1: A–K (in German), Biblio-Verlag, Osnabrück 1998, ISBN 978-3-7648-2299-6

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Thomas 1998, p. 13.